Muscatine city official said email request would cost $25,000

He said additional fees would 'cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars'

MUSCATINE, Iowa - While Muscatine voters decided to re-elect Mayor Diana Broderson, there are still many unanswered questions about the cost of the battle between the city council and the mayor.

Part of last month's court ruling ordered the city to pay for the mayor's legal fees. Local 4 News made several requests to find how much that will cost and those requests have not been answered by Broderson's attorneys or the city. 

We also reached out to Muscatine City Administrator Gregg Mandsager last September. 

A former member of the Local 4 News team requested email exchanges among city staff and elected officials that would shed light on the power struggle. The city is required to hand that information over under Iowa's open records law. 

However, Mandsager said it would cost $25,000 to print those records. He also told Local 4 fees for employees involved to provide the reports would "cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in staff time." 

Journalist Laura Belin published all this information on the Iowa political blog called Bleeding Heartland. 
    
"I find it unfortunate that people had to go and vote today in Muscatine without a clear picture of how much this whole crisis has cost. It must be considerable," Belin said.

Belin said it's normal for a government office to require fees for documents. However, thousands of dollars is unheard of. 
 


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